History Webcomic / Gaia

26th Jul '16 4:06:54 AM JustKnown
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Bhaal, a [[GodOfEvil Demon God]]. Seemingly subverted with Lili--her full name is ''Lilith'', but to all appearances she's the nicest person in the comic.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Bhaal, a [[GodOfEvil Demon God]]. Seemingly subverted with Lili--her full name is ''Lilith'', but to all appearances she's the nicest person in the comic. [[spoiler: At least until we learn she's destined to destroy the world.]]
26th Jul '16 3:53:49 AM JustKnown
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* HeroicBSOD: Viviana is so shocked after her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment Illias has to carry her from the scene.



* HeroicBSOD: Viviana is so shocked after her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment Illias has to carry her from the scene.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: "Sent back to Gaia" for death, "jump in the void" for "go to hell."



* HoldYourHippogriffs: "Sent back to Gaia" for death, "jump in the void" for "go to hell."



* KickTheSonOfABitch: which makes it hard to bear when she vicously shuts him out under the baleful influence of an ancient spellbook.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: which makes it hard to bear when she vicously viciously shuts him out under the baleful influence of an ancient spellbook.
26th Jul '16 3:50:06 AM JustKnown
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* HeroicBSOD: Viviana is so shocked after her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment Illias has to carry her from the scene.


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Viviana after she parries a sword blow with the rainbow knife and the resulting magical backlash dismembers everyone in the room not protected by a magical shield.
27th Jun '16 2:51:46 PM JustKnown
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* {{Magitek}}: There are cameras, robots, sophisticated security systems, etc, all of which run on magic, plus a lot of mundane items like notepads and paper bags that modern people take for granted that a preindustrial society would not be able to manufacture.

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* {{Magitek}}: There are cameras, robots, sophisticated security systems, etc, all of which run on magic, plus a lot of mundane items like lightbulbs, notepads and paper bags that modern people take for granted that a preindustrial society would not be able to manufacture.



* SchizoTech: A swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting that somehow manages to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like paper bags, spiral-bound notebooks, electric lights and modern clothing and fabrics. [[spoiler: There's also hidden Elves who display a science-fiction level of {{MagiTek}}]] Surely a society that can manufacture [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2016/01/05/breaking-all-barriers-136/ modern underwire brassieres]] could also manage firearms or internal combustion engines?
* SheCleansUpNicely: Viviana is quite the GirlyGirl when not on a mission, it appears to be as much misdirection as inclination--Alissa and Ryn certainly never suspected the cute young woman in the sundress was the leader of the notorious Shadowdancers.

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* SchizoTech: A swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting that somehow manages to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like paper bags, spiral-bound notebooks, electric lights light bulbs and modern clothing and fabrics.clothing. [[spoiler: There's also hidden Elves who display a science-fiction level of {{MagiTek}}]] Surely a society that can manufacture [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2016/01/05/breaking-all-barriers-136/ modern underwire brassieres]] could also manage firearms or internal combustion engines?
* SheCleansUpNicely: Viviana is quite the GirlyGirl when not on a mission, it appears to be as much misdirection as inclination--Alissa and Ryn certainly never suspected the cute young woman in the sundress with a yen for pretty dresses and sun hats was the BadAss leader of the notorious Shadowdancers.
27th Jun '16 2:31:43 PM JustKnown
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* ExactWords: Viviana assures Alissa and Ryn that she is not a member of the Shadowdancers...which is not true, but it is accurate, as she is more than just "a" member. [[spoiler: She's their leader.]]



* HeroesWithBadPublicity: The Shadowdancers are an intentional case: They cultivate the image of a gang of sneak thieves and cat burglars when they're actually the Illeasar national liberation movement in disguise.



* {{Magitek}}: There are cameras, sophisticated security systems, etc, all of which run on magic, plus a lot of mundane items like paper bags that modern people take for granted that a preindustrial society would not be able to manufacture.

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* {{Magitek}}: There are cameras, robots, sophisticated security systems, etc, all of which run on magic, plus a lot of mundane items like notepads and paper bags that modern people take for granted that a preindustrial society would not be able to manufacture.



* RememberTheNewGuy: After [[spoiler: the Red Hall attack,]] Ilias asks his mother about his "other friends" (besides Lili, Sandril, Alissa, and Ryn), and she responds that [[spoiler:one is dead and the other moved away after the attack--in the lead-up to the attack]], however, neither was anywhere to be seen.

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* RememberTheNewGuy: After [[spoiler: the Red Hall attack,]] attack]] Ilias asks his mother about his "other friends" (besides Lili, Sandril, Alissa, and Ryn), and she responds that [[spoiler:one is dead and the other moved away after the attack--in away]]--in the lead-up to the attack]], attack, however, neither was anywhere to be seen.



* SheCleansUpNicely: Viviana is quite the GirlyGirl when not on a mission, it appears to be as much misdirection as inclination--Ilias and Ryn certainly never suspected the cute young woman in the sundress was the leader of the notorious Shadowdancers.

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* SheCleansUpNicely: Viviana is quite the GirlyGirl when not on a mission, it appears to be as much misdirection as inclination--Ilias inclination--Alissa and Ryn certainly never suspected the cute young woman in the sundress was the leader of the notorious Shadowdancers.
27th Jun '16 1:59:27 PM JustKnown
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* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Ryn's comes to the conclusion that Eldor has spent decades trying to create a PersonOfMassDestruction based on newspaper accounts of the deaths and disappearances of girls and young women [[spoiler: and believes Eldor finally succeeded with Lili]]. Each girl was conceived in the shadow of the Great Tree during the Greendew Spring Festival and subsequently raised in Oakdale.

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* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Ryn's comes Ryn jumps to the conclusion that Eldor has spent decades trying to create a PersonOfMassDestruction based on decades of newspaper accounts of the deaths and disappearances of girls and young women [[spoiler: and believes Eldor finally succeeded with Lili]]. Each girl was conceived in the shadow of the Great Tree during the Greendew Spring Festival and subsequently raised in Oakdale. He may be wrong, but...
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Lili]] does appear to have gone over to the dark side under the baleful influence of an ancient magical tome.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a lot of references to various hand and arm tropes involving Vivi. There's personal interests (gadgets) and chosen career (thief), a nightmare in which losing a hand figures prominently, a childhood incident when she did witness someone losing a hand, an encounter with a villager who has severely injured her forearm with a hedge cutter, and even an [[TheseHandsHaveKilled These Hands Have (almost) Killed]] moment after her attempted assassination of Eldor (she actually did managed to kill Sylas, she ust doesn't know it. All of this implies that Vivi's hand or hands will be central to the final resolution.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a lot of references to various hand and arm tropes involving Vivi. There's her personal interests (gadgets) and chosen career (thief), a nightmare in which losing a hand figures prominently, a childhood incident when she did witness someone losing a hand, an encounter with a villager who has severely injured her forearm with a hedge cutter, and even an [[TheseHandsHaveKilled These Hands Have (almost) Killed]] moment after her attempted assassination of Eldor (she actually did managed to kill Sylas, though she ust doesn't know it. it.) All of this implies that Vivi's hand or hands will be central to the final resolution.climax.



* HiddenElfVillage: It's only accessible through MagiTek portals and they appear to be up to no good.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: which makes it hard to bear when she vicously shuts him out under the baleful influence of an ancient spellbook.



* MindScrew: [[spoiler:When Viviana is lost in the woods, the resulting scene is very creepy. First she hears a strange sound that grows so loud that she's deafened, then she wanders around trying to find her way out. She eventually sees a figure through a bank of fog that turns out to be ''herself'' after she gives chase, causing her to faint and hit her head on a rock. ''Then'' a portal opens and she's attacked and mutilated by monstrous creatures, only to wake up next morning to find that she can hear again and stumble out of the woods]].
** Viviana is later subjected to another horrific nightmare where she again dreams of being mutilated, leading the crew to suspect someone is trying to GasLight her.

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* MindScrew: [[spoiler:When Viviana [[spoiler: Viviana]] is subjected to a nightmarish and increasingly surreal experience when she tries to leave Oakdale, which involves being unhorsed, deafened, lost in the woods, the resulting scene is very creepy. First she hears a strange sound that grows so loud that she's deafened, then she wanders around trying to find her way out. She and eventually sees a figure mutilated after chasing herself through a bank of fog the fog, only to discover when she wakes up the next day that turns out to be ''herself'' after it was AllJustADream except for the part when she gives chase, causing her to faint fainted and hit her head on a rock. ''Then'' a portal opens and she's attacked and mutilated by monstrous creatures, only to wake up next morning to find that she can hear again and stumble out of the woods]].
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** Viviana [[spoiler: Viviana]] is later subjected to another horrific nightmare where her lover is killed and she again dreams again of being mutilated, leading the crew to suspect someone is trying to GasLight her.



* {{Narm}}: Viviana propositions Ilias with a very cheesy DoubleEntendre. It's not on the YMMV page because it's obviously intended to sound just as corny to Ilias as it does to the readership, making it an in-universe example of Narm as well.

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* {{Narm}}: Viviana propositions Ilias with a very cheesy DoubleEntendre. It's not on the YMMV page because it's obviously intended to sound just as corny to Ilias as it does to the readership, making it an in-universe InUniverse example of Narm as well.



* [[KingIncognito Queen Incognito]]: [[spoiler: Viviana]] is the presumptive Queen of Illeasar, assuming that province regains its independence from Cania. DoubleSubverted as she actually bears no royal blood; she's just the leader of the resistance and the daughter of two prominent citizens who were also leaders of the resistance.
* RelationshipUpgrade: How the ShipTease between Ilias and Viviana finally culminates in "Breaking All Barriers."

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* [[KingIncognito Queen Incognito]]: [[spoiler: Viviana]] is the presumptive Queen of Illeasar, assuming that province regains its independence from Cania. DoubleSubverted as she actually bears no royal blood; she's just the leader of the resistance and the daughter of two prominent citizens who were also leaders of the resistance.
resistance, and she has the professed support of the legitimate heir.
* RelationshipUpgrade: How the ShipTease between Ilias and Viviana finally culminates in "Breaking [="Breaking All Barriers.""=]



* SchizoTech: A swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting that somehow manages to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like paper bags, spiral-bound notebooks, electricity and modern clothing and fabrics. [[spoiler: There's also hidden elves who display a science-fiction level of {{MagiTek}}]] Surely a society that can manufacture [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2016/01/05/breaking-all-barriers-136/ modern underwire brassieres]] could also manage firearms or internal combustion engines?

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* SchizoTech: A swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting that somehow manages to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like paper bags, spiral-bound notebooks, electricity electric lights and modern clothing and fabrics. [[spoiler: There's also hidden elves Elves who display a science-fiction level of {{MagiTek}}]] Surely a society that can manufacture [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2016/01/05/breaking-all-barriers-136/ modern underwire brassieres]] could also manage firearms or internal combustion engines? engines?
* SheCleansUpNicely: Viviana is quite the GirlyGirl when not on a mission, it appears to be as much misdirection as inclination--Ilias and Ryn certainly never suspected the cute young woman in the sundress was the leader of the notorious Shadowdancers.



* SpannerInTheWorks: Rynn suspects Vivi has the potential to be a spanner in the works for Eldor's plans because she was also conceived in the shadow of the great tree during Greendew's spring festival.
** Lilith may be trying to set up a spanner in the works scenario despite her apparent FaceHeelTurn, why send her friends to Midgard otherwise? Of course, it could also be part of a deeper XanatosGambit on Eldor's part.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Rynn Ryn suspects Vivi has the potential to be a spanner in the works for Eldor's plans because she was also conceived in the shadow of the great tree during Greendew's spring festival.
** Lilith Some of Lilith's actions imply that she may be trying to set up a spanner in the works scenario despite her apparent FaceHeelTurn, why send her friends to Midgard otherwise? Of course, FaceHeelTurn though it could also be part of a deeper XanatosGambit on her or Eldor's part.



* TheUnfettered: Eldor, if what Ryn suspects of him is true: decades (centuries possibly) spent empowering and then murdering girls just to act as prototypes for his ultimate weapon.

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* TheUnfettered: Eldor, if what Ryn suspects of him is true: decades (centuries possibly) (possibly centuries) spent empowering and then murdering girls just to act as prototypes for his ultimate weapon.



** Lili's apparent FaceHeelTurn at the end of "BreakingAllBarriers".

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** Lili's apparent FaceHeelTurn at the end of "BreakingAllBarriers"."Breaking All Barriers".
25th Jun '16 6:31:55 AM JustKnown
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**Lilith may be trying to set up a spanner in the works scenario despite her apparent FaceHeelTurn, why send her friends to Midgard otherwise? Of course, it could also be part of a deeper XanatosGambit on Eldor's part.
25th Jun '16 6:24:00 AM JustKnown
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* TheUnfettered: Eldor, if what Ryn suspects of him is true: decades (centuries possibly) spent empowering and then murdering girls ust to act as prototypes for his ultimate weapon.

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* TheUnfettered: Eldor, if what Ryn suspects of him is true: decades (centuries possibly) spent empowering and then murdering girls ust just to act as prototypes for his ultimate weapon.
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* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Ryn comes to the conclusion that Eldor has spent decades trying to create a TykeBomb based on newspaper accounts of the deaths and disappearances of girls and young women [[spoiler: and suspects he finally succeeded with Lili]]. Each girl was conceived in the shadow of the Great Tree during the Greendew Spring Festival and subsequently raised in Oakdale.

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* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Ryn Ryn's comes to the conclusion that Eldor has spent decades trying to create a TykeBomb PersonOfMassDestruction based on newspaper accounts of the deaths and disappearances of girls and young women [[spoiler: and suspects he believes Eldor finally succeeded with Lili]]. Each girl was conceived in the shadow of the Great Tree during the Greendew Spring Festival and subsequently raised in Oakdale.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a lot of references to various hand and arm tropes involving Vivi. There's personal interests (gadgets) and chosen career (thief), a nightmare in which losing a hand figures prominently, a childhood incident when she did witness someone losing a hand, an encounter with a villager who has severely injured her forearm with a hedge cutter, and even an [[TheseHandsHaveKilled These Hands Have (almost) Killed]] moment after her attempted assassination of Eldor (she actually did managed to kill Sylas, just doesn't know it. All of this implies that Vivi's hand or hands will be central to the final resolution.
* GutPunch : [[spoiler: [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2012/02/21/the-red-hall-042/ That panel]]]]. See Wham Episode entry below.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a lot of references to various hand and arm tropes involving Vivi. There's personal interests (gadgets) and chosen career (thief), a nightmare in which losing a hand figures prominently, a childhood incident when she did witness someone losing a hand, an encounter with a villager who has severely injured her forearm with a hedge cutter, and even an [[TheseHandsHaveKilled These Hands Have (almost) Killed]] moment after her attempted assassination of Eldor (she actually did managed to kill Sylas, just she ust doesn't know it. All of this implies that Vivi's hand or hands will be central to the final resolution.
* GutPunch : GutPunch: [[spoiler: [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2012/02/21/the-red-hall-042/ That panel]]]]. See Wham Episode entry below.



* HorsingAround: Caspar may be gentle but he has his limits, as demonstrated when [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2015/01/02/breaking-all-barriers-034/ he spooks and bolts in the forest, dumping Viviana.]]

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* HorsingAround: Caspar Casper may be gentle but he has his limits, as demonstrated when [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2015/01/02/breaking-all-barriers-034/ he spooks and bolts in the forest, dumping Viviana.]]



* MagicKnight: Ryn is a traditional example, who has two thirds training as a Fighter, and one third as a Wizard. Others like Ilias and Sandril may qualify.
* {{Magitek}}: There are cameras, sophisticated security systems, etc, all of which run on magic, plus a lot of mundane items like paper bags that modern people take for granted that a pre-industrial society would not be able to manufacture.

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* MagicKnight: Ryn is a traditional example, who has example with two thirds training as a Fighter, Fighter and one third as a Wizard. Others like Ilias and Sandril may qualify.
* {{Magitek}}: There are cameras, sophisticated security systems, etc, all of which run on magic, plus a lot of mundane items like paper bags that modern people take for granted that a pre-industrial preindustrial society would not be able to manufacture.



** Subverted when Vivi beomes a main character--as she was always intended to be, per WordOfGod--when she gets trapped with the FiveManBand in Oakdale.

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** Subverted when Vivi beomes becomes a main character--as she was always intended to be, per WordOfGod--when she gets trapped with the FiveManBand in Oakdale.


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* TheUnfettered: Eldor, if what Ryn suspects of him is true: decades (centuries possibly) spent empowering and then murdering girls ust to act as prototypes for his ultimate weapon.
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a lot of references to various HandTropes involving Vivi, from AnArmAndALeg to TheseHandsHaveKilled, implying that her hand or hands will be vital to the final resolution.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a lot of references to various HandTropes hand and arm tropes involving Vivi, from AnArmAndALeg Vivi. There's personal interests (gadgets) and chosen career (thief), a nightmare in which losing a hand figures prominently, a childhood incident when she did witness someone losing a hand, an encounter with a villager who has severely injured her forearm with a hedge cutter, and even an [[TheseHandsHaveKilled These Hands Have (almost) Killed]] moment after her attempted assassination of Eldor (she actually did managed to TheseHandsHaveKilled, implying kill Sylas, just doesn't know it. All of this implies that her Vivi's hand or hands will be vital central to the final resolution.



* StepfordSmilter: The citizens of Oakdale are suffering the effects of years of Eldor's meddling. They seem nice enough, and happy enough until you start asking questions that trigger their conditioning.

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* StepfordSmilter: StepfordSmiler: The citizens of Oakdale are suffering the effects of years of Eldor's meddling. They seem nice enough, and happy enough until you start asking questions that trigger their conditioning.



* UncannyVillage: Oakdale seems idyllic... until you try to leave. Or start asking questions about the unusual number of girls and young women who have died, gone insane, or gone missing over the years. Then it flips from an Uncanny Village full of StepfordSmilers to a TownWithADarkSecret full of hostile villagers.

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* UncannyVillage: Oakdale seems idyllic... until you try to leave. Or start asking questions about the unusual number of girls and young women who have died, gone insane, or gone missing over the years. Then it flips from an Uncanny Village full of StepfordSmilers {{StepfordSmiler}}s to a TownWithADarkSecret full of hostile villagers.
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